A love triangle is thought to be the reason that a woman allegedly struck her husband’s motorcycle, causing him to run off the road and then drove away in pursuit of his girlfriend’s SUV. Authorities have charged the San Antonio woman with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and murder in connection with the fatal accident.
According to officials, the woman was driving a black Cadillac Escalade southbound on Loop 1604 on the way to Macdona Lacoste Road, less than two miles from her and her husband’s trucking company headquarters when she hit her husband’s Harley Davidson, forcing him off of the roadway. Instead of stopping to help, the woman allegedly went in pursuit of the man’s girlfriend, who was driving a black Range Rover, and rammed her vehicle into the SUV. The man was airlifted to the hospital where he died of his injuries. The girlfriend was not injured in the incident.
When someone behaves in a manner that is excessively reckless, neglectful or malicious, there may be grounds to pursue punitive damages. When someone is injured or killed in an accident, the victim or family may seek either compensatory and/or punitive damages. Compensatory damages are intended to compensate for accident-related losses such as medical bills, funeral expenses and lost wages. The purpose of punitive damages is to punish the responsible party for his or her negligent or malicious actions and serve as a deterrent for others.
A personal injury attorney may review a case to determine whether punitive damages are warranted. The attorney might also help with preparing and filing a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs. If the insurance company does not agree to pay the requested amount, the case may be tried in civil court.
Source: My SA, “Love triangle eyed in fatal crash on 1604“, Michelle Mondo, October 11, 2013